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Vessels of Meaning - Women's Bodies, Gender Norms, and Class Bias from Richardson to Lawrence (Hardcover, New) Loot Price: R596
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Vessels of Meaning - Women's Bodies, Gender Norms, and Class Bias from Richardson to Lawrence (Hardcover, New)

Laura Fasick

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Tracing the progression of images of women's bodies through nearly two centuries of literature, Fasick analyzes selected novels from Samuel Richardson to D. H. Lawrence to construct a historical overview of class and gender relations as reflected and refracted in the pages of the English novel. Though recent discussion and women's roles in literature and culture has centered on women's sexuality as the defining factor in the female character, Fasick focuses instead on ways that writers have depicted women as possessing nurturing qualities that distinguish them from men. Rigid adherence to this idealization of femininity constructs a standard difficult for women to achieve. Held to the ideal, Fasick asserts, women appear grossly culpable rather than simply human. Fasick begins with an analysis of Samuel Richardson's novels that examines three linked themes: sensibility, maternity, and anorexia. She continues with a discussion of Frances Burney's treatment of the expressive female body. She then analyzes novels by Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charlotte Bronte in light of Victorian attitudes toward women and food and toward female invalidism. In conclusion, she returns to Richardson, pairing his novel Pamela with Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover for an examination of cross-class romance and the resulting implications for class and gender. Throughout, references to conduct books and periodical literature of the time provide contexts that illuminate the primary texts. Fasick's insights will interest students of the novel, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction, women's studies and gender studies, and class relations in literature.

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Imprint: Northern Illinois University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 1997
First published: April 1997
Authors: Laura Fasick
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 231
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-87580-221-3
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > General
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies > General
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LSN: 0-87580-221-4
Barcode: 9780875802213

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